Pete Hawkes

session guitarist

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Pete Hawkes (born 28 May 1965) is an Australian composer, musician and luthier. There are over 1200 recordings by Hawkes, covering a wide range of genres. He has collaborated with Bert Jansch, Joe Cocker, Phil Emmanuel, and Dave Swarbrick. He is an accomplished fingerstyle and slide guitarist and has won multiple awards over the years.

Session Acoustic Guitar
Session Slide Guitar
Session Electric Guitar

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Interview with Pete Hawkes

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: The composition Arabiana has won may wards and utilised 33 artists all over the globe and 7 studios from Russia to New York, it was completed in Flux Studios Manhattan see https://youtu.be/9YwEkW5OjnQ

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: A netflix film, and since the virus with concerts cancelled lots of production work. A new album just released https://youtu.be/RyikUwQaHZs Session work

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: not yet but only new

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Analog..its warmer and more feeling, digital is clean and clinical, but I can do both and its up to the client

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: To always satisfy, to be transparent and honest in all business dealings

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: Everything, guitar is my life

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: My experience as a player My styles What artists I sound like, What I can do for their music, .....and of course costs

  15. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  16. A: I normally ask them to provide a track I discuss at length what they require and ask them to be very precise what system they are using ( cue-base, pro-tools etc) How they want the files What options of harmonies they might want

  17. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  18. A: Be very clear on what you want, the more I understand the more I can help. Discuss your deadlines and budget, show examples if you can via video of the sound you are requiring

  19. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  20. A: fender twin reverb martin 00 custom electric strat pedals (with loop) recording equipment

  21. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  22. A: SEE WIKIPEDIA https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Hawkes

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: I play slide, acoustic finger style, for electric I utilise volume swells and Tremlo,

  25. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  26. A: Jeff Beck, as he is in terms of emotive playing and interest, way above anyone else on guitar

  27. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  28. A: you cant polish a turd

  29. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  30. A: I write all genres from jazz to Opera

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: acoustic and electric guitar

  33. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  34. A: dynamics, harmony, interesting melodies, something that works with the track, and usually provide a range of options.

  35. Q: What's your typical work process?

  36. A: it very much depends on the job, but i work in pro tools and usually layer a range of options for the client. If mastering is provided I use Isotope. For mixing I use protools having worked with it for over 28 years

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: see http://www.sawtoothstudios.com.au/

  39. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  40. A: Muddy Waters, Eva Cassidy, Woody Guthrie, Emma Barlow, Phil Emmanuel, Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble, Kayniz Music, Georg Friedrich Händel, Jeff Beck, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Buchanan, davey graham, Dr. John, Peter Finger, Luigi Boccherini, Ludwig van Beethoven, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Antonio Vivaldi, Pat Metheny, Son House, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Danny Gatton, RIP Bert Jansch, Johann Sebastian Bach, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Bruce Cockburn, Charles Mingus, ROY BUCHANAN the greatest unknown guitar player in history

  41. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  42. A: I am a very experienced session player who has worked with industry greats, I provide electric, acoustic guitar on tracks. I can also mix and master, using the latest Isotope package for mastering. I have my opwn studio and can work quickly on different projects at a good pace. I write films...and have over 1200 songs and albums from jazz to Opera. To sample my work visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7TUgU3nYDKDv7QvLbpgkAg or https://fandalism.com/muse/Mqm

  43. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  44. A: The composition Arabiana has won may wards and utilised 33 artists all over the globe and 7 studios from Russia to New York, it was completed in Flux Studios Manhattan see https://youtu.be/9YwEkW5OjnQ i

  45. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  46. A: A netflix film, and since the virus with concerts cancelled lots of production work. A new album just released https://youtu.be/RyikUwQaHZs Session work

  47. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  48. A: not yet but only new

  49. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  50. A: Analog..its warmer and more feeling, digital is clean and clinical, but I can do both and its up to the client

  51. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  52. A: To always satisfy, to be transparent and honest in all business dealings

  53. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  54. A: Everything, guitar is my life

  55. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  56. A: My experience as a player My styles What artists I sound like, What I can do for their music, .....and of course costs

  57. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  58. A: I normally ask them to provide a track I discuss at length what they require and ask them to be very precise what system they are using ( cue-base, pro-tools etc) How they want the files What options of harmonies they might want

  59. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  60. A: Be very clear on what you want, the more I understand the more I can help. Discuss your deadlines and budget, show examples if you can via video of the sound you are requiring

  61. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  62. A: fender twin reverb martin 00 custom electric strat pedals (with loop) recording equipment

  63. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  64. A: SEE WIKIPEDIA https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Hawkes

  65. Q: How would you describe your style?

  66. A: I play slide, acoustic finger style, for electric I utilise volume swells and Tremlo,

  67. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  68. A: Jeff Beck, as he is in terms of emotive playing and interest, way above anyone else on guitar

  69. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  70. A: you cant polish a turd

  71. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  72. A: I write all genres from jazz to Opera

  73. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  74. A: acoustic and electric guitar

  75. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  76. A: dynamics, harmony, interesting melodies, something that works with the track, and usually provide a range of options.

  77. Q: What's your typical work process?

  78. A: it very much depends on the job, but i work in pro tools and usually layer a range of options for the client. If mastering is provided I use Isotope. For mixing I use protools having worked with it for over 28 years

  79. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  80. A: see http://www.sawtoothstudios.com.au/

  81. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  82. A: Muddy Waters, Eva Cassidy, Woody Guthrie, Emma Barlow, Phil Emmanuel, Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble, Kayniz Music, Georg Friedrich Händel, Jeff Beck, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Buchanan, davey graham, Dr. John, Peter Finger, Luigi Boccherini, Ludwig van Beethoven, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Antonio Vivaldi, Pat Metheny, Son House, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Danny Gatton, RIP Bert Jansch, Johann Sebastian Bach, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Bruce Cockburn, Charles Mingus, ROY BUCHANAN the greatest unknown guitar player in history

  83. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  84. A: I am a very experienced session player who has worked with industry greats, I provide electric, acoustic guitar on tracks. I can also mix and master, using the latest Isotope package for mastering. I have my opwn studio and can work quickly on different projects at a good pace. I write films...and have over 1200 songs and albums from jazz to Opera. To sample my work visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7TUgU3nYDKDv7QvLbpgkAg or https://fandalism.com/muse/Mqm

  85. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  86. A: The composition Arabiana has won may wards and utilised 33 artists all over the gloge and 7 studios from Russia to New York, it was completed in Flux Studios Manhattan see https://youtu.be/9YwEkW5OjnQ i

  87. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  88. A: A netflix film, and since the virus with concerts cancelled lots of production work. A new album just released https://youtu.be/RyikUwQaHZs Session work

  89. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  90. A: not yet but only new

  91. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  92. A: Analog..its warmer and more feeling, digital is clean and clinical, but I can do both and its up to the client

  93. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  94. A: To always satisfy, to be transparent and honest in all business dealings

  95. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  96. A: Everything, guitar is my life

  97. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  98. A: My experience as a player My styles What artists I sound like, What I can do for their music, .....and of course costs

  99. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  100. A: I normally ask them to provide a track I discuss at length what they require and ask them to be very precise what system they are using ( cue-base, pro-tools etc) How they want the files What options of harmonies they might want

  101. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  102. A: Be very clear on what you want, the more I understand the more I can help. Discuss your deadlines and budget, show examples if you can via video of the sound you are requiring

  103. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  104. A: fender twin reverb martin 00 custom electric strat pedals (with loop) recording equipment

  105. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  106. A: SEE WIKIPEDIA https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Hawkes

  107. Q: How would you describe your style?

  108. A: I play slide, acoustic finger style, for electric I utilise volume swells and Tremlo,

  109. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  110. A: Jeff Beck, as he is in terms of emotive playing and interest, way above anyone else on guitar

  111. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  112. A: you cant polish a turd

  113. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  114. A: I write all genres from jazz to Opera

  115. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  116. A: acoustic and electric guitar

  117. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  118. A: dynamics, harmony, interesting melodies, something that works with the track, and usually provide a range of options.

  119. Q: What's your typical work process?

  120. A: it very much depends on the job, but i work in pro tools and usually layer a range of options for the client. If mastering is provided I use Isotope. For mixing I use protools having worked with it for over 28 years

  121. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  122. A: see http://www.sawtoothstudios.com.au/

  123. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  124. A: Muddy Waters, Eva Cassidy, Woody Guthrie, Emma Barlow, Phil Emmanuel, Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble, Kayniz Music, Georg Friedrich Händel, Jeff Beck, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Buchanan, davey graham, Dr. John, Peter Finger, Luigi Boccherini, Ludwig van Beethoven, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Antonio Vivaldi, Pat Metheny, Son House, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Danny Gatton, RIP Bert Jansch, Johann Sebastian Bach, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Bruce Cockburn, Charles Mingus, ROY BUCHANAN the greatest unknown guitar player in history

  125. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  126. A: I am a very experienced session player who has worked with industry greats, I provide electric, acoustic guitar on tracks. I can also mix and master, using the latest Isotope package for mastering. I have my opwn studio and can work quickly on different projects at a good pace. I write films...and have over 1200 songs and albums from jazz to Opera. To sample my work visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7TUgU3nYDKDv7QvLbpgkAg or https://fandalism.com/muse/Mqm

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